A bus went up in flames along EDSA-Shaw during rush hour Friday night, and is expected to stall traffic in the coming hours.
“Traffic is bad as always pero malala to hindi nagalaw hanggang Magallanes,” Metro Manila Development Authority spokesperson Celine Pialago told CNN Philippines.
[Translation: Traffic is bad as always. It gets worse up to EDSA-Magallanes.]
Police officer Jerome Maggay, who was stationed near the area, said that the Alabang-Novaliches bus was able to park properly and evacuate the passengers before the bus completely caught fire.
“Mga 6:30 umuusok na po siya… mga five to ten minutes yun na po nasunog na po siya. Umapoy yung pwetan… nakababa po lahat ng pasahero,” Maggay told CNN Philippines.
[Translation: Smoke was already seen from the bus around 6:30 pm, it was completely engulfed in flames five to ten minutes later. The fire started from the rear end. All passengers were able to leave the bus safely.]
Bus driver Judan Repuela said that a passenger alerted him about the smoke. He told every one on board not to panic so they can all get off the bus safely.
“Sabi ng pasahero ‘kuya, umuusok.’ Sabi ko wag kayong mag-panic. Itabi ko ng ayos para makababa kayo ng ayos,” Repuela told CNN Philippines.
[Translation: A passenger told me about the smoke. I told them not to panic because I’ll pull the bus over so they can all alight safely.]
Asked about how the fire started, the driver said that it was faulty electrical wiring.
Firefighters on the scene suspected the same thing, adding that the explosion heard by people nearby came from the gas tank.
Witnesses said that Repuela was last to leave the bus.